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[Commemorating the Lipótmező. Part 2.]

RIHMER Zoltán1

OCTOBER 28, 2021

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2021;31(10)

[In the previous part of these recollections I summarised my experience of three-and-a-half decades gained in the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology as a medical student, later on as a junior physician and finally as a head of department. What follows below is an attempt to define the role Lipótmező played in my life and why it was a fundamentally flawed deci­sion to close down the institute in 2007.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Pszichiátriai és Pszichoterápiás Klinika, Nyírő Gyula Országos Pszichiátriai és Addiktológiai Intézet



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